(by Leigh Avery)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Westfield State College captured only seven of the 16 events Saturday afternoon but used superior depth to register a 150-142 victory over Plymouth State College in a women’s swimming and diving meet at the PSC Natatorium.
The win improves WSC to 3-2 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 3-1 on the year.
The Owls were led by freshman Vanessa Morton (Pittsfield, Mass.), who won the 50 freestyle (26.49) and 100 freestyle (57:63). Four other Westfield State swimmers captured wins — sophomore Heather Nelson (Natick, Mass.) in the 200 freestyle (2:07.74), junior Jenny Gilbert (Lakeville, Mass.) in the 100 backstroke (1:08.48), freshman Kim McKenzie (Chelmsford, Mass.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.31) and freshman Shannon McMahon (Pittsfield, Mass.) the 50 butterfly (30.49).
Junior Annabelle Winters (Chester, N.H.) led the Panthers with three individual victories. She placed first in the 1000 yard freestyle (12:08.48), then 10 events later she won the 500 freestyle (5:52.44), and finished her afternoon by winning the 200 IM (2:32.87).
Junior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, NH) also contributed by winning two individual events. She placed first in the 200 butterfly (2:21.13) and the 200 backstroke (2:23.19). Junior Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.) posted the top scores in both the one-meter and three-meter diving.
The Panthers are idle until the start of second semester when they host the annual Alumni meet Saturday (Jan. 4). The Panthers will get back into competition when they travel to Bentley Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.